"Over-Development" of Est Est Est Site Enrages Residents
Fourteen flats, two commercial units and a underground car-park proposed
Plans to convert the former Est Est Est restaurant into two commercial units and 14 residential flats with car parking beneath have been met with dismay by local residents.
Submitted by property company Q Developments, the proposals to add a floor and create parking underneath the current three-storey late Victorian building on the corner of Netheravon Road and Chiswick High Road were discussed at the most recent Chiswick Area Committee Planning meeting.
Councillor Todd told the committee he had received numerous phone calls and that there had been objections from local residents on grounds of traffic generation, noise, the bulk of the building and the manner in which the design differed from the existing building, especially the Netheravon Road frontages.
Whilst residents acknowledged that some form of development was acceptable, they objected to the plans in their current format citing:
• The amount of parking is inadequate for the development and would adversely affect parking in Netheravon Road and other surrounding streets, which is already at saturation level.
The proposals currently include dividing the ground floor into two commercial units for restaurants or shops. On the upper floors would be 14 flats four of which would have balconies but the other flats would have no amenity space.
The Area Planning Manager explained to the committee that she was interested in members’ views as to whether they felt it would be possible to negotiate a suitable scheme to submit to the Sustainable Development Committee or whether members considered it unacceptable and would agree to refusal under officers’ delegated powers.
Members agreed that the application should be referred back to Planning Officers to consider refusal under delegated powers.
Q Developments, who describe themselves as "an ambitious and innovative property development company, committed to excellence in contemporary design and construction" will be holding an exhibition of revised plans on Wednesday 13th June from 4.00 - 7.00pm at the Est Est Est site.
June 10, 2007